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arch

Tells the compiler which features it may target, including which instruction sets it may generate.

Syntax

Linux:
None
Windows:
/arch:
code
Arguments
code
Indicates to the compiler a feature set that it may target, including which instruction sets it may generate. Many of the following descriptions refer to Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions (Intel® SSE) and Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSSE). Possible values are:
ALDERLAKE
AMBERLAKE
BROADWELL
CANNONLAKE
CASCADELAKE
COFFEELAKE
COOPERLAKE
GOLDMONT
GOLDMONT-PLUS
HASWELL
ICELAKE-CLIENT
(or
ICELAKE
)
ICELAKE-SERVER
IVYBRIDGE
KABYLAKE
KNL
KNM
ROCKETLAKE
SANDYBRIDGE
SAPPHIRERAPIDS
SILVERMONT
SKYLAKE
SKYLAKE-AVX512
TIGERLAKE
TREMONT
WHISKEYLAKE
May generate instructions for processors that support the specified Intel® processor or microarchitecture code name.
Keyword
ICELAKE
is deprecated and may be removed in a future release.
CORE-AVX2
May generate Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2 (Intel® AVX2), Intel® AVX, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, and SSSE3 instructions.
CORE-AVX-I
May generate
Float-16 conversion instructions and
the RDRND instruction, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX), Intel® SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, and SSSE3 instructions.
AVX
May generate Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX), Intel® SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, and SSSE3 instructions.
SSE4.2
May generate Intel® SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, and SSSE3 instructions.
SSE4.1
May generate Intel® SSE4.1, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, and SSSE3 instructions.
SSSE3
May generate SSSE3 instructions and Intel® SSE3, SSE2, and SSE instructions.
SSE3
May generate Intel® SSE3, SSE2, and SSE instructions.
SSE2
May generate Intel® SSE2 and SSE instructions.
SSE
This option has been deprecated; it is now the same as specifying
IA32
.
IA32
Generates x86/x87 generic code that is compatible with IA-32 architecture. Disables any default extended instruction settings, and any previously set extended instruction settings. It also disables all
feature-specific
optimizations and instructions.
This value is only available on IA-32 architecture.
Default
SSE2
The compiler may generate Intel® SSE2 and SSE instructions.
Description
This option tells the compiler which features it may target, including which instruction sets it may generate.
Code generated with these options should execute on any compatible, non-Intel processor with support for the corresponding instruction set.
Options
/arch
and
/Qx
are mutually exclusive. If both are specified, the compiler uses the last one specified and generates a warning.
If you specify both the
/Qax
and
/arch
options, the compiler will not generate Intel-specific instructions.
IDE Equivalent
Visual Studio:
Code Generation > Enable Enhanced Instruction Set
Eclipse:
None
Xcode:
None
Alternate Options
None

Product and Performance Information

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Performance varies by use, configuration and other factors. Learn more at www.Intel.com/PerformanceIndex.